Make Your Own Halloween Candy

Halloween parties aren’t just about dressing to impress. Wow your guests this year with homemade Halloween candy.

(While a few of these recipes claim to be considerably healthier than their packaged versions — regardless of sugar-high potential, they are all without artificial colours or preservatives — we promise we won’t make you snack on dehydrated beets instead of gummy bears. No offence, Vogue.)

Here are a few recipes to try:

Homemade Twix Bars

This recipe from Delish — there’s even a video! — makes 12 super-sized, ooey-gooey bars layered with shortbread, caramel and chocolate. Yes, please.

Note: The recipe claims it only takes 30 minutes to prep. We assume it will take longer, thanks to one tedious step: unwrapping 60 Kraft Caramels.

If the bars aren’t big enough for you, why not bake a Twix cake?

Oh She Glows has a vegan, gluten-free recipe for homemade crispy Twix bars, if that’s more your style.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

According to Oh Nuts, “In the realm of knock-off candy recipes, peppermint patties are one of the easiest candies to make.” Count us in. Find the blog’s simple recipe here.

Epicurious’ version is a little more involved. (Here’s your chance to use that candy thermometer in your junk drawer.)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Alyssa of The Recipe Critic claims her homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are even better than the real thing. Bonus: You can make them in 15 minutes.

We made this bar version of the candy from Very Best Baking a few times. Because they kept disappearing.

Last Ingredient’s dark-chocolate version will have you roasting your own peanuts — just something else for you to brag about — and is gluten-free.

Homemade Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore super-sweet candy corn on Halloween. The Kitchn offers a step-by-step guide to making your own from scratch. (The guide also includes some troubleshooting advice. Very handy if you’re new to candy-making.)

Homemade Crunch Bars

This copycat recipe from The Decorated Cookie makes bite-sized bars — and only requires two ingredients! Make them in a larger pan using Brown Eyed Baker’s instructions.

The Honour System offers a healthier version, using ingredients like puffed quinoa, coconut oil, natural almond butter and maple syrup. (This means we can eat all of them, right?)

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

This no-bake recipe from Heather Baird for Food52 uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Note: Remember to let the rolls warm up to room temperature before eating, for the sake of your teeth!

Find a healthier version of DIY Tootsie Rolls at The Prairie Homestead.

Homemade Snickers Bars

Chowhound’s “Snickles” recipe is not for beginners — the site admits it’s one of its more challenging candy copycats — but for perfect nougat, the labour is worth it.

How Sweet It Is offers a much easier version: “This is SO EASY. So, so, so, so, so easy. Like, had-five-drinks-and-a-recent-breakup-easy.“ We can handle that.

Homemade Chewy Caramels

If you were the lone kid who loved snacking on chewy caramels on Halloween — and collected all your friends’ unwanted ones — you’re in luck! Now you can make your own.

A Taste of Home’s five-star recipe will make you very popular this Halloween. (The recipe is a simple one, but you will need to have a candy thermometer on hand for perfect results.)

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

“Give me a break….”

Make super-easy, two-ingredient recipe, courtesy of A Beautiful Mess, with milk-chocolate chips, or swap them out for dark chocolate, white chocolate — tinted with food colouring if you want a pop of colour — or peanut butter chips. Customize to your sweet tooth’s content.

Homemade Starbust Candies

No one will expect you to make your own Starburst-style chewy candies. So if you’re really set on impressing your fellow costumed parties, give this recipe — with helpful video! — from ChefSteps a try.

This is the only recipe on the list that will give you a real upper-body workout. Get ready to pull this candy into soft, fluffy submission.

Have you had success making a homemade version of your favourite candy?